Because of the common stereotype, I expected ID literature to be filled with tendentious religious arguments and biblical quotations. Instead I was confronted with sophisticated scientific arguments. So I realized right away that what I “knew” about ID was wrong and that the stereotype about it had to exist for a reason. Then, as I began to read the literature of evolutionary biology, I noticed how empirically flimsy many of the arguments are. But more importantly, I noticed the ideological work the concept of natural selection was doing in this literature.
For example, in 1909 August Weismann openly noted how his support for natural selection was based not on evidence, but on the necessity of having a naturalistic explanation for evolution. Later, Ronald Fisher accepted natural selection by default on the grounds that alternative explanations were too close to vitalism. More recently, Douglas Futuyma hailed the importance of natural selection for its role in making biology a naturalistic science on a par with physics and chemistry. These are just a few of the many examples I cite in my book The Mystery of Evolutionary Mechanisms. I came to realize that Darwinism developed in order to function as a scientific grand narrative designed to secure the foundation of biology as a naturalistic science, but in more recent times has grown into a philosophical grand narrative designed to naturalize and normalize a fully materialist worldview.Robert Shedinger, “Confessions of a Liberal Darwinian Skeptic” at Evolution News and Science Today
Indeed. And that’s why there is so much controversy over teaching Darwinism in tax-supported schools with compulsory attendance.
If all the evolution teacher wanted to say is that life forms change over time and are not now what they were aeons ago, most people wouldn’t care so much—even if they disagree with a given proposition. It’s the “subhuman” lurking in the background…
… come on, we know you’re hiding him in there somewhere… how much did you guys pay for his costume?…
See also: Darwin skeptic Robert Shedinger calls out Paul Davies
Shedinger: When Darwinism Becomes Culture, Mental Issues Become Physical